King Charles is selling some of the horses he inherited from his mother Queen Elizabeth II. The late monarch was known for her enthusiasm for horse racing and had a keen interest in breeding thoroughbreds to take part in the sport.
Charles is selling off 14 brood mares at Tattersalls auction house in Newmarket today.
But Tattersall’s spokesman Jimmy George said it was “nothing out of the ordinary”.
He added: “Every year they would sell horses. The Queen had brood mares of her own, she would breed them and sell them. You can’t keep them all.”
The horses being sold on Monday include Just Fine, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who oversaw more than 100 royal winners, and Love Affairs.
Mr George added that the move did not mark the end of the royal connection with racing.
He said: “Every year owners sell stock. His Majesty is just doing what owners do.”
The late Queen’s lifelong love of horses began when she learned to ride on a Shetland Pony called Peggy at the age of just four.
And she continued riding into her 90s wearing her trademark head scarf rather than a hard hat.
She inherited the Royal Stud, a racehorse breeding centre at Sandringham which has produced many of her winners, from her father King George VI.
Over the years the late monarch racked up a total of more than 1,800 wins in her jockey’s racing colours of purple, gold and scarlet.
Her racing manager John Warren previously said horses were a “tremendous getaway” from her public duties.
He added: “I’m sure if the Queen had not been bred into being a monarch she would have found a vocation with horses. It was just simply in her DNA.”
Camilla, who is now Queen Consort, opened up on the late Queen’s extensive knowledge of horse racing at Royal Ascot last year.
Speaking to ITV Racing in June 2021, Charles’s wife said: “Well I think this is her passion in life and she loves it, and you can tell how much she loves it.
“She could tell you every horse she’s bred and owned from the very beginning – she doesn’t forget anything.
“I can hardly remember what I bred a year ago but she’s encyclopaedic about her knowledge.”